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Pan-American/Stars of the Lid

PAN-AMERICAN/STARS OF THE LID If the recent onslaught of laptop-toting Teutonic sound artists has left you yearning for something a little more organic, this pairing of performers associated with the local Kranky label is your ticket. The Austin duo Stars of the Lid make their lush, glacially paced music the old-fashioned way. On their latest […]

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The Straight Dope

Regarding Spam [May 1], is it true, as travel writer Paul Theroux claims, that the people of the South Pacific love their Spam because it tastes so much like…people? –Mary E. Sage, via the Internet Marketing Spam must present some unique challenges. Imagine the conversation in the boardroom: Spam Product Manager #1: I’ve got some […]

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The Gershwin Years

THE GERSHWIN YEARS Celebrating George Gershwin just a little ahead of schedule–the centenary of his birth is technically in September–this concert features three top-flight local talents. Pianist Kevin Cole, who put the program together, is a specialist in Gershwin’s jaunty but lush keyboard style, as he has proved in orchestral performances around the country as […]

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Passing Shadows

Passing Shadows These eight avant-garde films share no common theme, but the best three work by throwing the viewer off balance. Stan Brakhage’s Commingled Containers is full of beautiful imagery, like light reflected on water, but the brevity of each shot and the unpredictable editing prevents it from becoming static or merely pretty. In Last […]

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By Cara Jepsen JUNE When bluegrass legend Bill Monroe played at Indiana’s Brown County Jamboree in the 1950s, he enjoyed the experience so much he purchased the 55-acre concert venue and campsite, which he fixed up and owned until his death in 1996. It was recently bought by Dwight Dillman, who played banjo with Monroe’s […]